GARDENS OF THE KING - APRIL 22-MAY 1, 2017 - 5 OPEN SPOTS
GARDENS OF THE KING - JUNE 24-JULY 2, 2017 - SOLD OUT
ZAPATA LIVE-ABOARD - MARCH 15-APRIL 1, 2017 - SOLD OUT
ZAPATA LIVE-ABOARD - APRIL 29-MAY 6, 2017 - SOLD OUT
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Destination: Cuba - Jardines de la Reina aboard the yacht Halcon
Dates: May 19-27, 2017
Group Host: Dylan Rose of Fly Water Travel
Capacity: 8 Anglers (SOLD OUT)
Price: $6350 per person double occupancy
Jardines de la Reina was the first area in Cuba opened up to fly anglers. Famous for this, it is also famous for being one of the best preserved marine habitats on the entire planet. Fiercely protected by the Cuban government and the fishing outfitter who holds the license for this area, only a limited number of anglers and divers are allowed here each year. Being 50 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, all accommodations are aboard boats. Our group will be on the smaller, comfortable yacht Halcon.
Jardines has all flats fish. Bonefish are plentiful, and many Permit are landed here. Resident Tarpon live here all year long, but we reserved this week for a special occurance which happens only in the Cuban Spring and early Summer.....the arrival of migratory Tarpon. There are no better fish. Our group will fish 2 anglers per skiff, and will have opportunity at Tarpon ranging from 30 to over 100 pounds. This is exciting, world class angling.
This trip includes 5 full days fishing at JRD, all food and accommodations aboard the Halcon, 2 nights accommodations in Havana, and transportation to and from Jardines. Anglers should know that this trip does involve considerable travel, as the destination itself is so remote. Price for this week, aboard the Halcon, is very reasonable at $6350 per person.
Destination: Gardens of the King, Cuba staying at Iberostar Ensenachos
April 22-May 1, 2017 (5 OPEN SPOTS)
The above trip is currently not hosted. Price is $5420 pp double occupancy
June 24-July 2, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Trip host is Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel. Price is $4560 pp double occupancy
Capacity: 8 Anglers
The Gardens of the King is a long archipeligo of islands bordering the north/central coast of the Cuban mainland. Although it has not been on the radar of most anglers coming to Cuba, many in the know recognize it as being one of the best Tarpon fisheries in the Caribbean. The islands of Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Ensenacho literally border the deep water of the Bahamas Channel, which is the major migratory highway for adult Tarpon. And while many areas in Cuba only have Tarpon during this migration, GOK seems to have them all year long. The population of large fish increases dramatically however, in the months of April-July as adult fish are on the move. The backcountry flats of Gardens of the Kings provide plentiful opportunity at Bonefish, and there are Permit here as well.
Guests in this group will stay on land at the all inclusive Iberostar Ensenachos Resort. This is very high luxury in Cuba, and guests will be comfortable and accommodated with several restaurants, a beautiful beach, pool, and numerous bars. This is a great option for anglers wishing to travel to Cuba with a non-angling spouse or partner. Each day, guests will travel 10 minutes to the marina where they will launch in comfortable shared skiffs for the days fishing. This package includes a night in Havana, travel to and from GOK, 6 full days guided fishing, and all accommodations, meals, and drinks at the resort.
Destination: ZAPATA, Cuba staying aboard the Georgiana Yacht
Dates: March 25-April 1, 2017
Group Host: Scott Cook of Fly & Field Outfitters (SOLD OUT)
Dates: April 29-May 6, 2017
Group Host: Blake Merwin of Gig Harbor Fly Shop (SOLD OUT)
Capacity: 8 Anglers
Price: $4595 per person double occupancy
Hosts for these two trips are FLY & FIELD OUTFITTERS from Bend, Or., and THE GIG HARBOR FLY SHOP from Gig Harbor, Wa. Both trip leaders have extensive experience as anglers and guides, and have fished in many flats destinations around he world. Better yet, they are both great guys to be around, and excellent at making certain that your experience is as good as you expect.
The ZAPATA area of Cuba is known for having extensive habitat for saltwater flats fish. Bonefish are the prevalent species here, and anglers will fish for them both from skiffs and while wading. Both Permit and resident Tarpon also love Zapata, as do Snapper, Jacks, and Cuda. Guests will share skiffs for part of their week, and fish solo the other part. Included are 6 full days of fishing, room and board on the yacht Georgiana (limited number of drinks provided), and round trip transportation from Havana.